During today’s large hardware event, Amazon debuted its upgraded Echo Plus smart home device similar to the new Echo but in a shinier body and more capabilities. It’ll cost $149 and come with a free Philips Hue bulb to get your smart home started.
As for specifics, the new Echo Plus comes with 360-degree Dolby audio support. This should improve the audio quality from your smart home speaker by quite a large margin over the previous Echo and should even be better than what comes with the new Echo. By taking the device out of its box, all you’ll have to say is “Alexa, discover devices” and it’ll automatically look for and connect to smart devices around your home. You won’t need to enable any Skills or use any third-party apps – everything will just work. This works by utilizing Amazon’s network of various wireless protocols that are all cloud-based.
Additionally, it features seven far-field microphones for voice control and packs all of the Alexa perks you’re used to – Skills, music control, weather, you name it.
You can preorder the Echo Plus here. It’ll officially launch this Halloween, October 31st.